Why can’t Griezmann play more than 27 minutes per game this season?

France’s Antoine Griezmann has become a prisoner of time at Atlético Madrid as his role is limited to a few minutes since the start of the season and he is expected to stick to that rule when his side play against Porto in the Champions League tomorrow.

Griso appears to be stuck between Barcelona, ​​whose contract with him is being extended until 2024, and capital club Madrid, on loan for the second straight season, as far as the terms of his contract are concerned.

Atlético Madrid’s €40m option to buy Griezmann will automatically activate if the French striker has played more than 45 minutes in 50 percent (or more) of the Madrid club’s games this season, according to Spanish press reports. season.

In order not to activate this option, Atlético coach Diego Simeone has decided, at the request of the administration, to limit the French striker’s minutes (108 internationals, 42 goals) to just 27 minutes of probation per match. , so as not to make his club pay for the purchase of Griezmann at an exorbitant price.

Although his role was limited to being a substitute, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia champion has proved his worth in four La Liga games this season, scoring two goals, the first of which came in a 3-0 win. over Getafe at the start of La Liga, and then a goal. A 1-0 victory over Valencia, two minutes after coming off the bench in the 64th minute.

However, at the age of 31, Griezmann is set to play as a substitute again against Porto tomorrow, Wednesday, in the first round of the Champions League.

Atlético, after a modest start in the league (two wins, a draw and a defeat), still needs Grizzo’s efforts to safely get out of the trap of the Portuguese team, which he faced twice last season in the same round of continental competitions (draw and Atlético win).

Last season in the Portuguese club’s lair, Griezmann scored a goal and provided the decisive pass in Atlético’s 3-1 win to send the Spanish club out of the group stage in the sixth and final round.

Source: agencies

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